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Submitted by: andrew       On: 1/4/2017 at: 15:12       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletters for April and May

DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL & RECREATION TRUST - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
At the AGM on 6th MARCH the Chairman reported on another year in which the Hall had continued to maintain the status quo. However, she expressed her disappointment that no progress had been made on an extension to the Car Park. The Committee had been unable to find or raise funding to carry out the much-needed project. Only a small number of residents were present, but those that were, were confident that, with a concerted effort by the Village, the money could be raised. They made suggestions of a number of activities which have been popular and financially rewarding in the past. We were reminded of how various Village Groups had raised much of the money for the Kitchen Refurbishment.

The Chairman thanked those Committee Members who were standing down, for their support and hard work. They are Roger Smith, Linda Smith, David Glossop and Lee Drayton. Unfortunately, there are to be no new members to replace them. Those continuing and their roles are:
Rosemary Shepherd Chairman Martin Higgs Secretary Tim Bassett Treasurer
Steve Chubb (Parish Council Rep) Diana Leake (CWD Horticultural Society)
Norman Marsden (St Mary’s PCC) Ken Banks (Netherhay Chapel)
Joyce Tyas (Drimpton Bowls Club) Tony Francis (Drimpton Football Club)
Robert Fooks (Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club)

Fundraising Update: Events, specifically aimed at fundraising – are already planned.
1st April Race Night (see above); 6th May Murder Mystery Evening and 25th May Coffee Morning with Sales Tables (see below). If you, or a group of which you are part, would like to offer to stage other Fundraising Activities, the committee would be extremely grateful for your support

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FILM CLUB: At the Village Hall at 7.00 for 7.30pm
WED 12th APRIL - OKLAHOMA.  This is a really great musical. From "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" to "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top", the film rolls along with foot-tapping melodies. Starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Rod Steiger as the menacing Judd, who tries to come between them.
WED 10th MAY - SULLY.  On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the icy waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded for his amazing feat of aviation skill, an investigation was underway as to his competence.  A highly-recommended film starring Tom Hanks.
Remember that doors open at 1900 when teas, coffee, wine and beer are available. This is the last film in 2016/2017 season.  Membership for 2017/2018 will remain at £15 with 11 films; temporary Membership is available at £4.00 per film and films shown in the past are available to borrow with a £1.00 donation.

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LENT LUNCH at the Village Hall
WED 12th April at 12.30pm
Organised by the Chapel with produce/bring & buy stall in aid of Action for Children. Join us for delicious homemade soup and to raise funds for such a good cause. Cost £4.

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YOUTH CLUB INFO – from Steve Chubb
FRI APRIL 14th – Fun & Games; FRI APRIL 28th - session will include the AGM; FRI MAY 12th – Fun & Games; FRI MAY 26th Film Night
“This year we will be looking for a new Youth Club leader and Treasurer. John, after many years has decided to stand down. If anyone I interested or just wants to come and help please let me know.”

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WED APRIL 19th: HORT SOC. at the Village Hall. MEMBERS SPRING SHOW
6.30pm exhibits to be staged. Entries close at 7.00pm. Judging by Ian Hallett, results at 7.30-pm. Non-members can attend. Wine and nibbles provided.

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The ROYAL OAK - YOUR VILLAGE PUB – message from John & Sue Donoghue
“Well mad March is gone and it was a busy one.  Pub Aid Quiz - over 30 participants. St Patricks Day - full house, and our first roast dinner on Mother’s Day - Missed out? See you at the Easter sitting.

Next Quiz: Sunday 9th April and Sunday 14th May.
Live Entertainment: Saturday 1st April Nina Garcia / Saturday 4th May Fretworks
Sunday 21st May Special Tour Appearance by the Dogs of Jacksons.
Easter Sunday 16th April Roast Dinner featuring spring lamb followed by - we hope - live entertainment.
Euro Vision Revival Party on Saturday 16th May watch the song contest and pick the winner.  Dress code requirement - please check before hand?
Comedy Night Saturday 17th June in aid of Drimpton & Netherhay Youth Club, & Cancer Research UK Food nights; Fish Fridays / Indian Thursdays / In-house Pizzas available every day. All available eat in or take away.
Once again a big thank you to those of you for your continued support.”

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COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING staged by the GARDENING CLUB at the Village Hall
On SATURDAY, 22nd APRIL from 10.30am to 12.00pm
Please call in for the usual Bacon Baps, scrumptious Cakes, plus tea and coffee and time for a chat.
The morning will include a FREE FLOWER ARRANGING DEMONSTRATION by Angie Blackwell from Cottage Flowers in Ilminster. Angie is a judge at the Annual Village Summer Show and will help with some of the arrangements for this year’s show.

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Services during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday – message from Neville Adams
“Holy week begins on April 10th and a short act of worship, known as Compline will take place at St Mary’s Church on Wednesday,  April 12th, starting at 7.30pm and lasting about twenty minutes. Do come along and end the day on a peaceful note.
On Good Friday at 10am, the usual procession will take place when the cross is taken from the Methodist Church, and placed in the area adjoining the telephone box next to the bridge. Short acts of worship will take place at the start and finish of the procession.
On Easter Sunday, a service of Holy Communion will be held at St Mary’s Church starting at 9.30am.
Everyone will be most welcome.

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SATURDAY 29th APRIL
CHRISTIAN AID COFFEE MORNING
Village Hall 10.30am – 12 noon
Produce Stall
100 club draw
Proceeds for Christian Aid week
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VILLAGE LUNCH
Following a very successful Valentines Lunch in February and 2 Lent Lunches, Village Lunch returns on Wednesday, 17th May at 12.30. Viv, Rosemary and team are very much looking forward to welcoming you for a Three Course Lunch for just £5.00.
Advance Notice: The next Village Lunch after this will be the Grand Summer Lunch on Sunday 11th June. The theme will be “The Oscars”. We look forward to seeing a cast of Celebrities and Stars! Is anyone could provide us with a strip of Red Carpet we should be most grateful.
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COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING at the Village Hall
On SATURDAY, 27th MAY from 10.30am to 12.00pm
As well as the usual Bacon Baps, Cakes and Coffee there will be a Sale of Bric-a-Brac, Books etc raising funds towards the Car Park Extension.

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Murder Mystery
"Lights, Camera, Murder"
by Andrew Hull

An evening of mystery and suspense.
A chance not just to enjoy homemade Drimpton food, but also to test your detective skills.

On SATURDAY 6th MAY at 7:00 pm
At Drimpton Village Hall

The evening will include a meal, served at your table, canapés served upon arrival
Tickets are available at £10
Enquiries through the Box Office : email  drimptonboxoffice@gmail.com
There will also be licensed bar available to keep you refreshed as you track down the murderer(s).

BACK STORY…..
Siddlington Studios (Drimpton Village Hall!) is shooting the latest British blockbuster, 'A Bittersweet Affair', and competition winners (the audience - you!!!) have been invited along for a day to watch the filming and to see what goes on behind the camera. 

The cast and crew have been working on the film for a few weeks and tensions are running high. Old flames, jealous lovers and past tragedy are just a few of the extras to make an appearance. Will the competition winners get to see more than just their favourite film stars and will everyone make it safely to the end of the day…?

You, the audience interrogate the cast and try to work-out whodunnit!

[This is a fundraiser for Village Hall plans for the new improved car park.]

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WED MAY 17th: HORT SOC. 7.15 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall.  
Jessica Evans, Head Gardener at Tintinhull and winner of Young Horticulturalist of the Year 2015 will be giving a talk on Tintinhull.
Trish has finalised the arrangements for our visit to Wildside Gardens. Tuesday 20th June. Coach leaves the Village Hall Drimpton at 9.30 am. Cost £19.00 per person. This includes coach travel, a tip for the driver, entrance to the garden AND a guided tour with Keith Wiley who created this marvellous garden.
If you wish to attend, contact trishhrgn644@gmail.com. 
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ART GROUP on MONDAYS from 2 - 4pm at Netherhay Chapel.  You can choose to work from a still life set up each week, or if you prefer to work from material you have brought along that's fine.  Help and guidance available if wanted, this is a relaxed and friendly group and we welcome new members -  beginners or experienced artists! The cost is £5 per session, next meeting 24th April.  
Further information- jennybeck1427@gmail.com 
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ALLOTMENTS:
Allotments are available in Broadwindsor from £10 for a full plot or £5 for a half plot per year. If you’d like to know more or arrange a visit, contact Sheila 01308 868806 or June 07484 729434.


Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 1/4/2017 at: 14:37       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in March 2017

Having just heard that the temperature in one part of the country reached 22C before the end of March, and this was well above the ‘norm’, it is clear that mild weather is still the order of the day. This or course has a marked affect on most things ‘Horticultural’. However the most impressive sight since Christmas, and indeed a little before, have been the Daffodils. This really has been the “Year of the Daffodil” Of course hybridism must play a large part, in that the growing season has been stretched from December to well into Spring and the mild winter has given them all the help they needed. Rainfall in March this year has been almost identical to last year with many days of just a little rain, mostly at the beginning and the end of the month. March 2017 85.25mm.(2016 86.25) or 3.37 inches (2016 3.4 inches).

Submitted by: Heskie       On: 15/3/2017 at: 20:34       Location: Drimpton

Victorian Magic from Morgan and West - more photographs

Here are some more pictures

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Submitted by: Heskie       On: 15/3/2017 at: 20:21       Location: Drimpton

Victorian Magic from Morgan and West

Last Friday evening, with the help of Artsreach, supported by the Youth Club and good planning by Roger Smith a packed hall was treated to very well staged taste of Victorian magic, helped along with humour and willing volunteers.

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Submitted by: andrew       On: 11/3/2017 at: 19:56       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

Community Land Trust Update

COMMUNITY LAND TRUST UPDATE: Information from site surveys made in February will inform the initial layout design sketches by Trewin Design Architects and form the basis for discussions with Planning and Highways Departments at Dorset County Partnerships.The CLT’s engineering consultant has had initial discussions with Highways Department, who have indicated that they do not wish to have a pavement installed on Netherhay Lane.
The CLT has highlighted sewerage problems in Drimpton. Our preferred option would be to install an on-site sewerage system, which would not impact on the mains sewer.
Dorset Councils Partnership is collating Housing Need information for the Broadwindsor Group Parish area. The DCP Housing Enabling Officer and Yarlington Housing Group will be available at a ‘clinic’ hosted by BGP CLT to respond to questions about the Housing Register, tenancy, and shared ownership. The CLT, along with Yarlington Housing Group, is developing a housing Allocation Plan, covering priorities and definitions of ‘local connections’.
An example of another rural CLT project in Devon (Christow CLT) is available at http://wessexca.co.uk/video-christow-clts-project-teign-housing/ .
For more detailed information visit the BGP CLT website at www.broadwindsorgroupparishclt.org

Submitted by: andrew       On: 11/3/2017 at: 19:54       Location: Drimpton, Netherhay

extracts from newsletter for March

On FRIDAY MARCH 10th at the VILLAGE HALL at 6.00pm
we have an ARTSREACH event
a fantastic night of Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic

See separate flyer for ALL THE DETAILS!
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HALL REFURBISHMENT– “The repainting of the Hall is complete. Many thanks to all the Volunteers who gave their time and talents to achieve this. Thanks to Roger Smith and John Wright who did all the initial preparation work; to those who attended the Garden Club AGM and who helped to move furniture; to Ken Banks, Norman Marsden and Diana Leake who did the painting; and finally the group of 7 of us who cleared, cleaned and put everything back together again – Ken and Norman, David Glossop, John and Lynwen Davies and Bob Shepherd who has kept his expertise with a duster and a can of spray polish hidden for 40 years! A message from our painters – BLU TAC (or similar) IS BANNED FROM THE HALL!” (It rips the paint off.)”On behalf of the Trustees, my sincerest thanks. Rosemary.”

DRIMPTON VILLAGE HALL & RECREATIONAL TRUST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
MONDAY, 6TH MARCH 6.30 for 7.00
Everyone will be welcome at the Village Hall from 6.30 to enjoy a glass of wine with the Committee prior to the Meeting when reports on the past year will be presented and a new Committee elected. There are vacancies to be filled. If you would like to join this dedicated and hard working group, please come along and offer your services. For more details contact Rosemary. Minutes of the AGM of 2016 are displayed inside the Village Hall, on the website and Drimpton Facebook Page.

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REMINDER: St MARY’s CHURCH ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING on TUES 7th MAR from 7pm at the Church.
The Annual Meeting is open to everyone so please come along and hear about the activities of your parish church in 2016 and plans for 2017. This is your chance to ask questions and make suggestions.
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YOUTH CLUB FILM NIGHT in the Village Hall from 6.30pm on FRIDAY MARCH 24th
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Message from Neville Adams: “The Lent Course this year is titled ‘Receiving Christ. ’ This will be a discussion-led course which examines the way we can all build up a personal relationship with God, not only because we are his creation and he loves us in spite of our failings, but by carrying out the teaching of Jesus Christ. The five-week course begins on TUES MARCH 14th 2017 at Venton, 34 Chard Road, starting at 7.30pm, and finishing at 9pm. Do come and join the group even if it is just out of interest, you will be most welcome.”
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LENT LUNCH at the Village Hall
WED 15th MARCH at 12.30pm
Choice of four soups + Cheese table….Raffle & 100 Club Draw
Proceeds for St Mary’s Church….Raffle in support of Dorset County Hospital Charity Cancer Appeal
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WED MAR 15th MARCH: HORT SOC. 7.15 for 7.30pm at the Village Hall.  
‘The Development of the Bishop’s Palace, Wells’. James Cross, Head Gardener at the Bishop’s Palace, will be talking about the development of the garden, described as achieving “outstanding and exceptionally high standards of planting and design”. Non-members welcome.
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FILM CLUB: WED MARCH 8th at 7.00 for 7.30pm - ‘OUR KIND OF TRAITOR’ (2016) starring Ewan MacGregor, Naomi Harris, Damian Lewis.
Based on a John Le Carre novel. A couple finds themselves lured into a Russian oligarch's plans to defect, and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust with the truth.

Temporary membership £4 per film. Hot drinks, beer and wine available from 7.00pm with the film starting at 7.30pm.
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The ROYAL OAK-YOUR VILLAGE PUB – message from John & Sue Donaghue
WORLD’S BIGGEST PUBAID QUIZ in support of prostate cancer funding. SUNDAY 12th. MARCH @ 8.00pm.sharp. Please book your table in advance-ring 01308867930 or mail through our website.
FRIDAY MARCH 17th. St PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS; Spuds Bacon & Cabbage on sale from 5.00pm to 7.30pm.Ceoil agus Craic all evening with music from Peter Howell.
Plenty of other live entertainment coming up-visit us on Facebook or website all at royaloakedrimpton. SATURDAY 4th MARCH: Live music from JEFFERS & JON [or one of them anyway. Which one?]
PIZZA OVEN [2 now actually] up and running. Great feedback from all that have tried one. Ideal while watching Six Nations Rugby. Pizzas are Eat-In or Take Away and available every day. Plus Indian Thurs. and Fishy Fridays.
Finally, we’d like to thank you for supporting the pub so well in our first 3 months in tenancy.
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COMMUNITY COFFEE MORNING at the Village Hall
SATURDAY, 25th MARCH 10.30 – 12.00
Come along for Coffee, Cake, Bacon Baps and friendly chat and all in our newly painted Hall.
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MOTHERING SUNDAY - 26th MARCH 10am at Netherhay Chapel.  Starting with coffee, this will be an informal service for all ages, where St. Mary's church and the Chapel will be joining to celebrate mothers!

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TELEPHONE BOX UPDATE: message from Steve Chubb: “Three villagers have come forward to look after the box with the idea of a book swap. We are now awaiting confirmation from BT on further progress.”
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R A C E N I G H T
at the Village Hall on SATURDAY APRIL 1st from 7.30pm
With Bar & finger food Buffet
£5 per person to include your first drink

Come along, but make sure you don’t fall at the first fence!
Tickets: contact Tim Bassett or Steve Chubb

Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 3/3/2017 at: 11:56       Location: Drimpton

February '17 weather

Since the beginning of the new year our weather pattern has changed very little, so it’s not surprising that it is hard to find anything of real note ! We have had our cold spells, but it has remained mainly mild. On one day in February we came close to achieving a new record for the warmest February temperature on a single day, (Over 18C.) but just missed it by a whisker. Comparison with last year shows that it has been very dry once again, with only 45mm. or 1.78 inches of rain recorded by me, compared to 109.25mm. or 4.32 inches of rain in 2016, quite a big difference. Just to blow away the old year, we have had Storm ‘Doris’ towards the end of the month with some damage in many parts of the Country and sadly one fatality. We were more fortunate here in the South. The flowers are now blooming and it’s Spring

Submitted by: Centaur       On: 13/2/2017 at: 22:25       Location: Forde Abbey

February Sunshine

Beautiful afternoon at Forde Abbey, snowdrops aplenty border to border sunshine clear blue skies, couldn't be better. Take a look.

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Submitted by: Norman       On: 8/2/2017 at: 14:12       Location: Drimpton

Kath Taylor r.i.p.

A tribute by Richard Heal at Kath's funeral on 7th February
Kath (Harrison) was born on 23rd Sept. 1920 in a cottage opposite the school in Drimpton which she later attended at the cost of one penny a day. Kath had poor health as a child and missed quite a lot of schooling.
When she left school she went into service for Lady Gibbon at Greenham Court. It wasn't her first choice but her dad thought she would be safe and be looked after. Kath loved dancing and often climbed out of the window to meet George and cycle to the local dances.
She later worked at Merriot Moulding, making munitions, a job she really enjoyed. She cycled from Drimpton to Merriot, did a days work, then cycle home and if there was a dance in the area she'd hop on her bike and dance the night away.
In 1938 Kath moved to No 1 Spearmead with her parents. This was to be her home for almost 79 Years. You can see she was well travelled!
Kath and George were married in 1942.
Jean arrived in 1943, followed by Judith in 1945, Elizabeth in 1951 and in 1955 Richard completed the family.
Kath loved being a mum and being skilled with the needle and made most of the clothes for the children.
She was very particular about the way she dressed, the right shoes were very important. Trainers a definite no-no.
Holidays were spent camping under canvas until one year, at Goodrington, they were washed out and came home early. After that experience they played it safe and stayed in caravans.
George died in 1992.
As well as dancing Kath enjoyed playing whist, still playing at 90. Shopping was also one of her favourite pastimes. Especially lunch at Morrisons in Yeovil. In fact she just loved to be out somewhere, anywhere even if the location or occasion was not her cup of tea.
Netherhay chapel was very close to Kath's heart where, until recent years, she regularly attended and in the early years was involved in various activities such as drama and a choir. Being unable to attend services Kath maintained a keen interest in what was going on at chapel.
In paying tribute to their parents the family said that they, the youngsters were always encouraged to be themselves, never pressurised to conform. When decisions had to be made the pros and cons of the situation were discussed and the youngster had the last word. The children always felt that they were always supported. For which they were very thankful.


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Submitted by: stanleyG       On: 2/2/2017 at: 11:45       Location: Drimpton

Rainfall in January 2017

We opened the new year very much as the old one left us, dry, mild, and very little frost and I started wondering if there was anything to comment upon. However, our climate doesn’t continue without change for very long and we have had some really cold weather with some quite hard frosts, hopefully reducing the numbers of nasties that I had mentioned (Green and Black fly), when Spring finally arrives. Even the water companies have expressed concerns that reservoirs are lower than expected for this time of year. And so, even that concern has been answered in the last few days of the month with some very heavy rainfall. In these few days we have had approximately 2 inches of rain. So there you have it, we can keep on moaning about the weather in our time-honoured way !
RAINFALL AT DRIMPTON CROSS, JANUARY 2017
133.5 mm. (2016 184 mm) OR 5.27 inches (2016 7.27 inches)


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